Coast Guard rescued a 57-year-old man from a 28-foot sailboat sinking
58 miles east of Cape Hatteras on Sunday, Jan. 15.
The GEOS International Emergency Response Coordination
Center contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina
at approximately 3 p.m. after a personal locator beacon
to the sailing vessel The Answer started broadcasting a distress signal.
Sector North Carolina dispatched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast
Guard Station Oregon Inlet and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew
from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., to locate
distressed vessel and render assistance.
The Jayhawk crew arrived on scene and hoisted the man from the sailboat
before taking him to Air Station Elizabeth City. Upon
the man was transported via emergency medical services to Albemarle
Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and released.
"Emergency beacons are an important piece of safety equipment," said
Captain Anthony Popiel, the commanding officer of Sector North
Carolina. "The Coast Guard strongly urges all mariners to carry an
EPIRB aboard their vessel, especially when they are offshore and out of
marine radio range."